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10:10 AM ET, July 14, 2014


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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama the pariah  —  Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.  —  Obama's approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance.  On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama's absence is increasingly conspicuous.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Spokesman: Obama ‘absolutely’ the most transparent president  —  President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists' groups complaining …
Discussion: and Hot Air
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Reid just wants to legislate  —  Ten years ago this summer, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention made him a star.  —  Pundits like to “slice and dice our country into red states and blue states,” he said.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico:
Opinion: Rick Perry is dead wrong  —  Opinion: The governor seems comfortable repeating the mistakes of U.S. foreign policy.
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Face The Nation: Rep. Gutierrez Destroys GOP Border Crisis Lies
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Hume Grills Perry: What Good Will Troops At Border Do If They Can't Arrest Anyone? (VIDEO)
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’  —  Sure, hotly anticipated books leak all the time.  But 10 days early?  And by a tipster who seems to be posing as a Tea Partier—but who one source suspects is affiliated with the Clintons?  —  The marketing and publicity folks …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Intercepts Drone Sent From Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — Israel intercepted a drone sent from Gaza on Monday as it flew just off the shore of the port city of Ashdod, about 14 miles north of the Palestinian enclave, adding a new element to a week-old conflict.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Yosef Berger / Arutz Sheva:
Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It
CBS News:
Israel says it downed drone fired from Gaza
Discussion: Hot Air
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Israel Navy commandos raid long-range rocket facility in Gaza
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty  —  WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.
Lu Wang / Bloomberg:
Individuals Pile Into Stocks as Pros Say Bull Is Spent  —  Main Street and Wall Street are moving in opposite directions.  —  Individual investors are plowing money back into the U.S. stock market just as professional strategists say gains for this year are over.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Big Picture
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare Fails to Fail  —  How many Americans know how health reform is going?  For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?  —  I suspect that the answer to the first question is “Not many,” while the answer to the second is “Possibly even fewer,” for reasons I'll get to later.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could give Rahm run for his money  —  For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor.  —  It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president's potential candidacy seriously as well.
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of the Supreme Court Remains Divided  —  Approval among Republicans up 21 percentage points from 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Teachers unions turn on Obama  —  Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.  —  The largest teachers union in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Senate Democrat's reelection pitch to Alaskans: I'm a thorn in Obama's side  —  BARROW, Alaska — When Sen. Mark Begich talks about his role in American politics, he describes himself as a sharp object, sent to Washington to jab at President Obama.  —  “I'll be a thorn in his [posterior],” Begich (D-Alaska) said in an interview.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Holder sees ‘racial animus’ in opposition  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration's political opponents.  —  “There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC.
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Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll
Discussion: The Raw Story and VodkaPundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's unpredictability ‘stresses’ the Secret Service
Discussion: Capitol Report
George Packer / New Yorker:
TRAPPED IN IRAQ  —  Ali is a self-described “agnostic Shiite” who lives in Baghdad.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Rebecca Trigger Updated / ABC:
Australia's Wicked campervan company under fire for ‘misogynistic, sexist’ slogans
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Hickenlooper: Behind the Eight Ball?
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo